Flannery O'Connor's Stories

Letters

Throughout her life, O'Connor maintained a wide correspondence,[25] including with writers Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop,[26] English professor Samuel Ashley Brown,[26] and playwright Maryat Lee.[27] After her death, a selection of her letters, edited by her friend Sally Fitzgerald, was published as The Habit of Being.[28][26] Much of O'Connor's best-known writing on religion, writing, and the South is contained in these and other letters.

In 1955, Betty Hester, an Atlanta file clerk, wrote O'Connor a letter expressing admiration for her work.[28] Hester's letter drew O'Connor's attention,[29] and they corresponded frequently.[28] For The Habit of Being, Hester provided Fitzgerald with all the letters she received from O'Connor but requested that her identity be kept private; she was identified only as "A."[18] The complete collection of the unedited letters between O'Connor and Hester was unveiled by Emory University in May 2007; the letters were given to the university in 1987 with the stipulation that they not be released to the public for 20 years.[28][17]


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